Data Regarding Today's Security Cabinet Decision
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)December 08, 2010
The following data are pursuant to today's Security Cabinet decision:
* According to a September 2010 IMF report, the economy of the Gaza Strip
grew by 16% in the first half of 2010. This trend is expected to continue
in the second half as well.
* Since the 20.6.10 Security Cabinet decision, there has been a 92% increase
in the number of trucks entering the Gaza Strip, via the Kerem Shalom
crossing, on a daily basis.
* Despite the expansion of the capacity of the land crossings, such that 250
trucks may enter the Gaza Strip on a daily basis, in practice, the
Palestinians are not maximizing the capacity of the crossings. Since the
beginning of August 2010, the average number of trucks entering the Strip
has been 176.
* Since the above-mentioned June 2010 Security Cabinet decision,
approximately 1,500 truckloads (about 50,000 tons) of construction inputs
have entered the Gaza Strip, for the benefit of development projects
financed and supervised by the international community. This has been in
order to prevent the diversion of the inputs for use by the terrorist
organizations, including the building up of their military strength.
* Since the aforesaid decision, over 400 vehicles have entered the Gaza
Strip for the private sector.
* New products, the entry of which into the Gaza Strip, began in July 2010,
constitute 32% of the overall goods entering the Strip on a daily basis.
* As of the present, Israel has approved the advancement of 76 projects,
under international financing and supervision, which have received the
approval of the Palestinian Authority, with an emphasis on education,
infrastructures, health and housing projects.
* Israel has recently approved the export of strawberries and flowers from
the Gaza Strip to European markets. 23 tons of strawberries and
approximately 33,000 flowers have been exported thus far.
* Exports from the Gaza Strip, following the aforesaid decision, will – at
the current stage – focus, inter alia, on the agriculture, furniture and
textiles sectors. The exporting us subject to security and logistical
preparations at the Kerem Shalom crossing.